Bite rehabilitation: why you need it and what it involves
Do you have damaged teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth that don’t meet when you bring your jaws together? You could benefit from mouth or bite rehabilitation. It’s like jargon among cosmetic dentists and orthodontists and is also an umbrella term for a number of procedures that help you perfect your teeth and perfect your bite and smile. Some of these treatments may restore your stable bite and end your headaches or ringing ears.
Some people confuse bite rehabilitation with smile rejuvenation. The former primarily addresses functional problems involving the teeth and jaw, whereas the latter addresses cosmetic dental problems, such as stained teeth, discolored teeth, and cracks. Of course, bite or occlusal rehabilitation results in aesthetic improvement, but that’s secondary to its chief purpose.
Who needs this procedure?
This procedure is a solution to a number of dental and mandibular problems. People with the following problems may need this procedure:
- Tooth grinding
- Tooth damage (through decay or erosion due to acidic and abrasive foods)
- Tooth loss
Any oral problem that interferes with proper chewing of food or proper alignment of the upper and lower teeth should be seen by our dentist.
Whether you need mouth and bite rehabilitation depends on your overall oral and mandibular condition. Our dentist will check your teeth, gums, and jaw position to see which treatment is ideal. He may view your mouth, take casts and order x-ray & photographs to examine jaw alignment and occlusion before making a comprehensive recommendation, which entails multiple dental or orthodontic procedures to correct problems and restore the proper function of your teeth and improve occlusion.
Tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease may get in the way of a good bite. After all, you won’t be able to properly chew food if one of your incisors has gone loose due to periodontal disease. If your teeth don’t align properly when you close your mouth, you’re at risk to developing dental damage, thereby sabotaging what’s supposed to be a stable bite.
What are your options?
Rebuilding the teeth will involve placing composite resin or crowns to restore the lost/damaged tooth material. Often a bite guard is needed to reduce the effects of grinding